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Green Valley Earth Festival: April 19

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More than 8,000 people are expected to attend this year’s Green Valley Earth Festival, a day of fun and festivities to be held April 19 at Dos Lagos in Corona.
This year’s event will be bigger than ever, featuring a variety of events, exhibits and entertainment for people of all ages and interests:

• Be a part of the largest Earth Day Drum Circle in Riverside CountyImage
• Watch 50 Boys and Girls Club members race model cars in a “Solar Green Prix”
• Enjoy community and professional performances throughout the day
• Browse the environmental exhibits – from hybrid cars to recycled materials
• Apply for a job at the Green Career Expo
• Watch Riverside artists at work painting the event, live
• Gaze at kite acrobatics
• Get your face painted
• Listen to live music
• And More!

ImageThis is the second-annual Earth Day celebration to take place at Dos Lagos. Sponsored by GIVE, the Green Institute for Village Empowerment, the event is designed to educate the public on environmental issues and to engage them in making smart choices in how they buy, use and dispose of the things they use in their everyday lives. This year’s theme is: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! It will feature activities related to making things from recycled materials.
What: The Green Valley Earth Festival at Dos Lagos
When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 19, 2008
Where: Dos Lagos in Corona, Calif. (Exit Dos Lagos Drive at the I-15)
Info: www.greenvalleyearthfestival.org

GIVE is a nonprofit organization established in 2005 to promote balance in the way people live, how their choices impact the environment and others in their community. GIVE hosts events and initiatives, and sponsors college campus chapters to educate the public on issues related to sustainability, a term used to describe this social, economic and environmental balance. Visit www.giveforthefuture.org

C.A.S.A Child Advocates to host Walk with C.A.S.A

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Children in San Bernardino County need to know that the community cares about them.  Join the staff and volunteers of C.A.S.A. Child Advocates of San Bernardino County as we celebrate children in recognition of April as Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month.  San Bernardino Mayor Patrick Morris and Judge Slough will be on hand to speak about the importance of caring for the children in our community.  Enjoy performances from local area youth and dinner for the first 200 walkers will be provided courtesy of In-n-Out Burger.

Meet at the C.A.S.A office at 555 N. "D" Street at 5pm for registration on Tuesday April 1st.   The Walk begins at the C.A.S.A office and concludes 2 ½ blocks down "D" Street at City Hall.    Upon arrival at City Hall where attendees will enjoy performances from local youth and words from Mayor Morris and Judge Slough.   Bring the family.  To learn more about the Walk with C.A.S.A event contact the C.A.S.A office at 909.881.6760

Inland Pastors Recognized at Breakfast

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By BVN Staff

Inland Empire pastors were treated to breakfast on Good Friday as part of The Black Voice News and Premier Service Banks appreciation of their service to the community, partnership with the Black Press, and commitment to God's work.

During the appreciation ceremony, pastors from various denominations including Seventh-day Adventists, Missionary Baptist, African Methodist Episcopal, Non-Denominational and Church of God in Christ were informed of partnership opportunities with The Black Voice News.

The economic power of the church within the Black community positions the church not only as a house of worship, but an economic leader within the community. A survey conducted at the beginning of the program with results given toward the end, revealed that among the 16 churches who participated, estimated bank deposits totaled close to $700,000 per month.

This estimated power stated, Co-Publisher Hardy Brown, "is just evidence of the economic power of the Black Church in our community."

Cal Poly Pomona student and BVN intern Kaylen Coney stated of the event that, "it was informative and nice."

The Black Voice News plans for the pastor's appreciation breakfast to be an annual event. For more information, contact BVN at 951.682.6070.

Click here to view pictures of this event.

Verizon Grant To Help Create Greater Opportunities for California’s Black-owned Businesses

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Joined by collaborative partners the National Black Business Council, the California Black Chamber of Commerce, and the Black Business Association, Verizon announced Tuesday, seed funding for a historic consortium designed to provide greater opportunities for California's African-American owned businesses.

The African-American Supplier Engagement Collaboration not only creates supplier diversity opportunities for Verizon, but encourages other major corporations throughout California to develop partnerships as well.

Verizon Western Region President Tim McCallion urged other corporations to see this as an opportunity for engagement and collaboration with the minority business community. "This effort will provide a pathway where suppliers can compete. It's a big investment in building a network of the future," he stated. "The program will create new opportunities for California corporations to develop enduring partnerships with African-American owned companies, based on a solid value proposition for all involved," he told attendees at the ceremony held at the California Afro-American Museum in Los Angeles.

Also present at the ceremony were Assembly Member Curren Price, Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Procurement, and recently confirmed California Public Utilities Commissioner Timothy Simon.

Simon called the partnership a "bold step" that will provide access to opportunity not a barrier in the process to certification. He praised Verizon for its leadership and called this step a reflection of a corporate culture that believes economic access is important to the growth of all communities.

Price, head of the  newly created committee responsible for examining and expanding opportunities for small businesses and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) to apply for and gain government contracts, called this type of partnership "fundamental." "This is especially important where small businesses are concerned, as their growth and success is paramount for the state's success; while the small business is providing a much needed service to the public, the state is serving the public good by supporting small businesses," he said.

The initiatives of the African-American Supplier Engagement Collaboration include:

  • Developing step-by-step instructions to guide participating businesses through the request-for-proposal process;
  • Providing a template showing participating businesses ways they can engage other African-American businesses as second-tier contractors;
  • Increasing the number of African-American businesses listed in the California Public Utilities Commission clearinghouse by developing resources to help applicants navigate the certification process.

According to Verizon, the grant continues its commitment to creating diversity among its suppliers and promoting the prosperity of the communities where it does business. In 2007 Verizon spent more than $157 million with minority, women and disabled veteran business enterprises in California.

Verizon Western Region President Tim McCallion (4th from the left) is joined by Robert Gnaizda, Greenlining Institute; Skip Cooper, BBA; Mary Ann Mitchell, NBBC; Aubry Stone, CBCC; and CPUC Commissioner Timothy Simon

Tomás Rivera Conference Honors Painter, Poet

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Acclaimed painter Alfredo Arreguín and author Lauro Flores will receive lifetime achievement awards at the 21st annual Tomás Rivera Conference on Thursday, April 24, at the University of California, Riverside.

The theme of the annual conference, which honors the memory of UCR Chancellor Tomás Rivera, is "AméricaViva" ("America Live"). The event will begin at noon in the University Theatre and continue until 3 p.m.

Highlighting the conference will be the presentation of a Lifetime Achievement Award in the Visual Arts to Arreguín and the Lifetime Achievement Award in Chicano Literature to Flores.

"Art is the momentum of life, the drum in your step, the melody of an inspired poem, the new set of coordinates that reveal the pathway to an uncharted universe," said Juan Felipe Herrera, Tomás Rivera Chair in creative writing and conference organizer. "Tomás Rivera, with his life, poems and stories, set us in motion. With this conference, we will reach new heights for the benefit of our students and communities at large."

New this year is a poetry contest for Inland area college and high school students. Poems must relate to Arrequín's artwork. The contest deadline is April 11. Prizes of $250, $150 and $100 will be awarded to winners in separate college and high school competitions. Winners must attend the conference to receive their awards. Entry details are available online.

Arreguín's paintings are part of the permanent collections of the National Museum of American Art and the National Portrait Gallery. The government of Mexico has honored him with the OHTLI Award, the highest recognition given by the Mexican government to individuals whose work promotes Mexican culture abroad. In 1988 he won a commission to design the Washington state Centennial poster and also designed the White House Easter egg. He represented the United States in 1979 at the 11th International Festival of Painting at Cagnes-sur-Mer, France, where he won the Palm of the People Award.

Flores, a professor of Chicano and Latin American literatures and cultures at the University of Washington, is the author of "The Floating Borderlands," which was a 1999 American Book Award winner; "Alfredo Arreguín: Patterns of Dreams and Nature," a 2002 Kiriyama Pacific Rim Prize notable book; and an edition of Luis Pérez's "El Coyote/The Rebel." He is a past Ford Foundation fellow and has been a visiting professor at Stanford University and UCLA. While at the University of Washington he has served as director of the Center for Chicano Studies, chair of the Department of Latin American Studies and special assistant to the provost. He chairs the Department of American Ethnic Studies.

UCR's Taiko Ensemble will perform with special appearances by the Rev. Tom Kurai, director of the Taiko Center of Los Angeles and a lecturer in the UCR Department of Music; music professor and ethnomusicologist Deborah Wong, who is a member of the Satori Daiko performing group at the Taiko Center of Los Angeles; renowned saxophonist Francis Wong, whose specialty is Asian American jazz; and Tim Hernandez, a poet and performer who will present a eulogy for the late Chicano poet ráulrsalinas, who died in February 2008.

Tomás Rivera, for whom the conference is named, was a Chicano poet, educator, and UCR's chancellor from 1979 to 1984. He was the first Hispanic chancellor in the UC system, and also, at 43, the youngest person ever appointed to lead a UC campus. He died in 1984 after a heart attack.

The conference is sponsored by the UCR Tomás Rivera Endowment/Department of Creative Writing, Riverside Public Library, UCR Chicano Student Programs and the Riverside City College Office of Academic Support.

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